I’m sitting here wishing I could see every snap of every NFL game just to get a better feel for things, but some things seem to take shape after a couple of games.
Seattle Seahawks: Home Field Advantage
Dallas lost at Seattle after a masterful defensive performance in week one. Seahwaks’ QB Russell Wilson isn’t lighting it up, either. So, Marshawn Lynch is. Seattle is famous for having the best home field advantage in the NFL. Remember when they made the playoffs as a division champion with a 7-9 record and a home playoff game? And so many people saying they didn’t belong in the playoffs…for all of a week until they went out there and won the game?
Arizona Cardinals: scoring defense
If anyone is having a “charmed season” so far, it’s the Cards. They stunk things up offensively last week but managed a win. This week, they’ve beaten the New England Patriots in an unlikely series of events – the type that the Pats are usually on the winning end of. It’s just crazy…but two consecutive weeks AND doing what they did under the circumstances and distractions of the QB saga…the defense has really seen them through the tough times.
Carolina Panthers: running game
The Panthers exploded for 219 yards rushing against the Saints after only a 10-yard effort for the entire game against the Bucs in week one. Week two proved the pricey RBs they have are worth the money and Cam Newton’s path to victory means a rush first/pass second offense. They pulled that off against the Saints, but get a big test against the Falcons in week 4. As the Panthers’ running game goes, so shall go their fortunes.
St. Louis Rams: Coaching staff
With a young QB and a youth movement in general taking place in the past two years, the Rams are gathering some talent to start making noise again. They led the Lions for most of the game in Detroit last week and fought the upstart Redskins in a slugfest this week for what seems to be a bit unlikely. Each game, they’ve been competitive, which means the coaching staff is giving the team every chance to win.
Washington Redskins: Quarterback play
It’s hard to ask a rookie QB to win his first two games on the road, but RG3 almost did it. The draft picks given up to this very Rams’ team are what brought Robert Griffin, III to the team in the first place. Considering how maturely he’s played and the Redskins were looking at Rex Grossman vs. John Beck this time last year, the franchise has greatly improved their QB position play from a bottom-three in the NFL to a top-ten-looking QB right now. I grew up watching a strong Washington team with Riggo and Theismann and Monk and the Hogs…well, let’s agree that today’s offensive line is far removed from those teams, but the team looks like they’ve gotten their long-lost swagger back.
Philadelphia Eagles: Divine Providence
Look at the way Michael Vick played in the opener against the Browns. 4 ints that should’ve been 5, which would have resulted in a loss last week. Somehow, some way, they pulled it out at the end for a 1-point win. This week, similar storyline…close game but they were behind almost the entire game…until Vick had a short TD run with under 2 minutes remaining in the game. Another single-point win.